Monday, June 18, 2012

elizabeth the queen by sally bedell smith

it was really fun to read this just before the diamond jubilee celebrations. i had little knowledge about queen elizabeth ii and thought of her as stoic and out of touch. how wrong i was! this book gave me such respect for her intelligence and dependability.

the book covers her life and reign up through 2011. it seemed daunting when i started out (over 500 pages of biography!), but it proved to be very readable. i learned a lot about the commonwealth that is so important to her, her relationships with the many prime ministers, her skills at diplomacy, and her devotion to her country.

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